Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions by LCCC Faculty

Where is your office located?  
College Center Rm. 234

How can I contact your office
440. 366.4058 disabilityservices@lorainccc.edu

A student in my class presented me with a VISA. What is this all about?
After student documentation has been brought to our office and the Disability Services Coordinator or Learning Specialist has had a chance to go over the documentation with the student, a VISA is set up, if needed. A VISA (a term for Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations), is the list of student accommodations. 

Why do certain students receive accommodations? Is that fair?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the precursor of American Disabilities Act) protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities, including schools, that receive federal funds. Section 504 provides that: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . ."  
 
The purpose of Disability Services is to put students with documented disabilities on a level playing field with students who do not have to deal with the same issues. Accommodations are made which grant equal access to an education. Modifications, which would restructure the academic goals of a course, are not made. All students must meet the same learning objectives.  

What if the accommodation conflicts with the course objectives? 
ADA accommodations have boundaries. All students, including those registered with Disability Services, are expected to abide by the course timelines and deadlines as they meet the learning objectives for the course.

The student has 1.5X testing time as an accommodation, does this include quizzes? Papers? Projects? Where does this take place?  
Extended testing time applies to exams and quizzes.  It does not include papers, projects, or any other assignments in the course.  When students are using this testing accommodation, they must give the instructor sufficient notice (at least 3 days prior to each and every test) that they would like the accommodation put in place.   Prior to the exam, students need to engage in a conversation with their instructor about how the additional testing time will take place (take the exam in the testing center, stay after class, in a quiet office, etc.) 

The accommodation states “Separate Room Testing”.  What is the procedure for this? 
If a student decides that he/she would like to use their separate room testing option, they will take the exam/quiz in the Disability Services office.  However, you will still send the test to the Testing Center.  The Disability Services testing rooms are enhanced with video surveillance to protect the integrity of the testing process.

I am not sure of how to provide a certain accommodation for a student.  What should I do? 
All students registered with Disability Services are highly encouraged to meet with each instructor at the beginning of the semester and have conversations about the accommodations for the semester.  Please feel free to call our office at any time to speak with a Learning Specialist who can further assist as you put accommodations into place.

I suspect a student in my class has a disability.  Can I call you and check?  What is the best way to approach the student?   
Under FERPA guidelines, we are very limited in the amount of information we can release about students (unless they have signed a consent form).  We can tell you if a student is/is not registered and what accommodations have been put in place.  If you suspect that a student in your class could benefit from our services, please speak privately with the student and encourage them to contact Disability Services.

Announcements

Extended Hours

Enrollment and Financial Services, located on the first floor of the Bass Library, will offer extended hours through August including some Saturday hours. 

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Register Today!

Register today for Fall classes. Classes begin August 25. Learn more and register today at www.lorainccc.edu/register.  

Convocation Office Closure

All LCCC offices will be closed 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 for Convocation.

Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
 
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Campus Tours

Tours for new and prospective LCCC student will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 4 p.m. on Thursdays through August 21. This is a great way to become familiar with campus and find classes for the upcoming semester. No registration is necessary. Simply show up at the Student Life desk on the second floor of College Center.

MyUniversity

Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014 and spring 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
  
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 

Lorain County WIN

LCCC and the JVS have launched Lorain County WIN (Workforce Innovation Network), a new partnership providing workforce training to Lorain County. Learn more at www.loraincountywins.com.

Hours of Operation

Please note that campus service hours have been adjusted for summer semester. For a list of updated service hours, please visit www.lorainccc.edu/hours